Toronto police have provided an update into the ongoing Bruce McArthur investigation as they continue to conduct an extensive search and excavation of the Mallory Crescent property in Leaside.
Thursday morning, Detective Sgt. Hank Insinga told members of the media human remains were found Wednesday afternoon during the excavation of a ravine located behind the Mallory Crescent property linked to Bruce Mcarthur.
He says they have been sent to Centre for Forensic Sciences for further investigation.
Insinga said police resumed digging near the Mallory Crescent home on Wednesday after canines found several hot spots.
Police have also searched an additional 100 properties with links to McArthur’s landscaping business but found nothing.
This update comes just under two months after investigators completed a forensic search of McArthur’s apartment on Thorncliffe Road near Toronto’s Don Valley.
The investigation led to the seizure of more than 1,800 pieces of evidence and over 18,000 photographs of the scene and its contents were taken by investigators.
Police have yet to reveal what evidence they collected or what was photographed.
Combined with the search of the additional crime scenes, which includes the properties where McArthur worked as landscaper and vehicles related to McArthur, this has been “the largest forensic examination in Toronto Police Service history.”
McArthur has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of a number of men, including Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnama, and Abdulbasir Faizi.
All eight men vanished from in or around Toronto’s Gay Village between 2010 and 2016.
Forensic specialists have confirmed that the remains of some of the men turned up in planters seized at the Mallory Crescent home where McArthur worked during the winter months.